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django has dry crusty old brown yeast in his ears that are leftover from his bad ear infection. i try to wipe his ears down a bit each day with a damp cloth but can't seem to get the grossness out and off his ears. any tips?
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Here's some info. http://www.natural-dog-health-remedi...n-in-dogs.html

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I had an alsation (german shepherd but russian) for 14 years. He had big ears and the vet told me to clean his ears just like I would clean my childs ears. Get a was cloth and clean the ears. I also had to periodicaly use a med that the vet gave me to keep the yeast down. But if I was diligent about cleaning the ears, I didn't have any trouble.
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Are you using an ear cleaning solution? You can buy something at the store or you can make one at home like equal parts vinegar and water. You squirt some into the ear and then close the ear flap and massage it around. You will hear it squishing and loosening the crud. Then when you stop the dog will shake the excess out--I try to open the ear flap and blot with a cotton ball before I am covered in ear cleaner lol. Then wipe the ear with a cotton ball. You can use q-tips to clean the outer ear but don't go into the ear canal. I don't use q-tips because if the dog moves suddenly you can do damage. Just the cotton ball is best IMO. The stuff I use is called K-9 Liquid Health Ear Solutions. It has Isopropyl alcohol, boric acid, gentian violet, colloidal silver, but I don't know if you need all that. I just like that it comes ready made and is handy for after the bath. Things made with alcohol tend to help dry the ear canal so lower chances of infection. If you mix vinegar and water use warm water. I think it would help loosen the waxy crud better. Good luck!
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The article Dave posted is great. After having spent 300 a pup at canine dermatologist-- I didn't learn anything that isn't in there. The important thing is to keep up with it, so it does not develop in the middle ear. I got the K9 liquid health solution Christy mentioned and like it better than the cleaner the vet gave me. I also like the vinegar/water. Although, I read 1/3 each distilled water/white vinegar/rubbing alcohol ( my vet told me can use vodka instead of rubbing alcohol...LOL)

But you should have his ears checked out to rule out infection. Cash needed a course of steroid/antifungal drops to clear it up and now we are just keeping them clean.




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But you should have his ears checked out to rule out infection. Cash needed a course of steroid/antifungal drops to clear it up and now we are just keeping them clean.
Unless this is another infection on the heels of the last, she's already had Django to the vets for meds. I think she's just trying to get the ears cleaned out now.
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correct. i went to the vet for our monthly visit and he gave me a solution to flush the gunk out of his ears and wipe down with a c-balls. this should do the trick.. alot of stuff came out with round one. there' still alot of dark gunk deep inside which i won't go near but at least i am getting the stuff on the surface. this might need to be on our weekly maintenance along with everything else.
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I just read on a grooming forum where one of the groomers adds a little Dawn dishsoap to her shampoo to help clean greasy ears from ear meds.
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Jackie (our foster dog) had nasty ears following an infection that required meds. I kept cleaning them with a little shampoo and warm water. Then I'd comb them as often as I could, luckily she was very patient and allowed me to do it. I used a wide tooth comb, started at the bottom, and worked my way up to the inside of the flap. It probably took 4-5 washes and lots of combing before all of it was out.

The vet also shaved the inside of the flap of her ear near the ear canal because her ear canal was so tiny. It helped to keep the goop from sticking to the hair just outside the canal.

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i've heard you need to stay clear of soap and water since water can cause ear infections. the product my vet gave me evaporates immediately. you fill his ear canal up, squish his ears around and then take a soft gauze and wipe all the goop out. it works great. i was doing every other day but i think i can now go to 2x a week. i have heard it's also good maintenance for dogs who are prone to ear infections, it helps keep their ears clean.
i also use a flee type comb to comb the inside of the ear flap, that helps get all the xtra crustys out as well
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